Corrupt Gov’t Tries to Snub Out Journalist After She Exposed Shocking Number of Jail Deaths

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San Diego, CA — Even though the First Amendment of the US Constitution states “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” one California reporter says she has been targeted by San Diego County for her investigative reports detailing extraordinary number of deaths of inmates in the county’s jails. Local journalist and Voice of San Diego (VOSD) contributor Kelly Davis has been pressured to reveal her sources and has been hauled in to court to defend her reporting.

In what is shaping out to be a clear violation of the Constitution, Davis’ report chronicled 60 inmate deaths in local jails from 2007 to 2012. The report should have been a wake-up call for jailers to work harder to keep people from getting killed or committing suicide while in custody, but VOSD said it was anything but a call to action.

Instead, the county’s attorney’s turned their attention and set their sights on one of the reporters covering the story. “They’ve upended her life, forcing her to do one of three things — expose sources by testifying about her work, agree to a deal that would protect her fragile health at the expense of harming the widow’s case or fight back,” writes VOSD.

In a blatant overreach of government, the attorneys issued several demands of the journalist:

The county demanded that Davis give testimony in a deposition and provide all the documents, notes and recordings that she used in her reporting about the county’s high jail mortality and suicide rates. It also demanded her communications with the widow’s attorneys regarding jail suicides.

Davis refused. Not only is she fighting to save her career and her independent rights to reporting without disclosing sources, she’s also fighting an advanced stage of breast cancer. She wonders openly if lawyers are trying to intimidate her.

I am just wondering if they are trying to intimidate me.

Davis got roped into a lawsuit brought about by Kris Nesmith’s widow. Nesmith, a veteran committed suicide while in jail, despite being warned by his widow he was suicidal. The county then named Davis as a party in the lawsuit and demanded Davis’ notes, statistics, interviewee’s names—everything she had on the deaths taking place in the jails. Her lawyers contended the data was a matter of public record and she would not turn over her private journalist files.

For the moment, the judge is on Davis’ side, telling the county the news stories should have been a wake-up call for the county to take action and implement a proper suicide-prevention policy.

It is plausible that if the County had reacted to the prior suicide incidents by implementing an appropriate suicide prevention policy or by remedying the alleged custom of indifference, Kris’s suicidal ideations would not have been ignored.

Earlier this month, the judge also ruled Davis would not have to disclose any information to the county’s lawyers. Davis was relieved and told reporters:

You want journalists to be free to do their stories and to gather their research, talk to their sources, without worrying that someone is looking over their shoulder.

While Davis’ case may seem like an isolated one, news media organizations all across the United States are under attack, particularly accused of being purveyors of “fake news” and threatened with censorship. Facebook, which used to be known for allowing freedom of speech from differing points of view, has recently implemented its new “algorithm” which supposedly chooses for its users what news they should see.

Predictably, alternative points of view have been weeded out to disallow the previously permitted free speech of its content creators. The measure has hurt the freedom of the press to disseminate the news. For now, Facebook is getting away with it. However, lawsuits will likely decide just how far, like San Diego County, Facebook can go to prevent the free exercise of the press.

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CBS46 anchor Ben Swann suspended after he tries to revive Reality Check

Posted Friday, January 26, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

CBS46 evening anchor Ben Swann has been taken off the air after his efforts to revive his independent investigative operation he called Reality Check came to light today.

On Thursday night, Swann posted a video on Vimeo teasing about an upcoming new project he planned to announce next Tuesday. He only identified himself as an “investigative journalist” and did not reference his ties to CBS46.

The video by Friday morning had been seen more than 2,000 times. After CBS46 learned of the video, he was suspended and the video removed from Vimeo. (The video is still available on Twitter.)

Prior to arriving at CBS46 in 2015, Swann had built a national following, largely among alt-right conservative types, with his Truth in Media “Reality Check” stories that delved into issues, he said, the mainstream media ignored.

While at CBS46 from 2015 into early 2017, he continued to do those stories on his website, sometimes airing pieces for the station as well.

Swann a year ago did a six-minute story during the 11 p.m.CBS46 newscast as part of his “Reality Check” series about the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory wondering why there was no further investigation. He had done no independent reporting and the story had no connection to Atlanta. Media Matters and the Daily Beast soon went after him and he was taken off the air for a few days.

The Daily Beast reported at the time that his Truth in Media site was tied to a Republican PAC. Plus, he had previously done work for the Russian-government supported Russia Today before coming to Atlanta.

After the media backlash, Swann pulled his Truth in Media website down as well as most of his social media accounts. Through the rest of 2017, he largely stayed quiet beyond reporting local news with Sharon Reed in the evenings.

But according to stories on dashforcenews.comsteemit.com, and activistpost.com, Swann last month began posting on the forums of Dash, a new crypto-currency along the lines of Bitcoin pitching a way to revive his Reality Check operation. (The Dash logo appears in his video that was taken down today.) Through that arena, the stories say, he was able to raise enough crypto-money to fund future Reality Check news stories.

 



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Re Al A T

Re Al A T

5pts

He has incorporated some of the philosophies of authoritarian and repressive ideology  into his abstract alt-right views. Nationalist or ego mongering phony? He can now be called “has been”.

NeboSuki1

NeboSuki1

5pts

Swann is positioning himself to become another Alex Jones.  What a loser!!!!

Jack M

Jack M

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Channel 46 seems to get all the nice ‘uns. Swann. a female anchor who poses for skin magazines, weather girls who look like they stopped off at the station on their way home from their real jobs at the Cheetah Lounge. No wonder they are consistently dead last among Atlanta news stations.

JET1954

JET1954

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Why did they even hire him knowing all they know about him

LOVEgreaterthanHATE

LOVEgreaterthanHATE

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 Thank goodness he is gone. He can take his little Alt-right haircut and go away…..Swann can slither away and report his Fake News online.  Now if we can get Megyn Kelly fired from The Today Show, my Christmas wish list will be complete.

KeepinItSimple

KeepinItSimple

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If the Daily Beast is against him, then he obviously is an advocate of truth.  Those morons are the most biased group outside of MSNBC.  I find it comical that they reportedly out’ed him as an Atlanta Anchor that is clearly Conservative in a world that is obviously a majority of Liberal anchors.  Have they ever “out’ed” a Liberal anchor?  I don’t think so.

JaperJones1918

JaperJones1918

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If you haven’t done your homework – Clinton fabricated the Trump “dossier”. Russian didn’t meddle in our election any more than we meddle in elections all over the globe. 

Lexi3

Lexi3

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@JaperJones1918

Apparently these people never heard of Radio Free Europe, which broadcast Western News into Communist Countries for 40 years, or Mr. Obama’s blatant efforts to depose a sitting Israeli prime minister.

DawgNole

DawgNole

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@JaperJones1918: “If you haven’t done your homework . . . .”

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But what if we HAVE done our homework?

JaperJones1918

JaperJones1918

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“Alt-right” is a term coined by leftists to marginalize opinions other than their own. 

Tealiban_Party

Tealiban_Party

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Wrong. The origin of alt+right stems from an unsuccessful rebranding attempt by white supremacists like Richard Spencer to make their disgusting ideology less offensive.

Eric_2003

Eric_2003

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No telling whether or not Ben Swann’s contract is up for renewal… and no telling if 46 may be mulling over whether or not to cut ties with him, assuming his contract doesn’t get renewed. I’m sure CBS 46 could scoop up a male anchor to pair up with Sharon Reed from a soon-to-be former Tribune station that may not wish to work for Sinclair. Lately, it would seem like 46 has been getting better, but very slowly, with talents from competing stations (like Paul Ossmann, Fred Kalil, Gurvir Dhindsa, Sally Sears , Keith Whitney, Karyn Greer, and the late Amanda Davis) being hired, new 9PM newscast on Peachtree TV being genius, and 11Alive/11Dead slowly becoming a shell of its former self.

Chris Almond

Chris Almond

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Who cares? Nobody is watching CBS 46 anyway.

Edgar Allan Shmoe

Edgar Allan Shmoe

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oh sure there are.

we’re all waiting for ella dorseys summer beach blanket bingo weather forecast when she’ll report the weather in her bathing suit. hubba hubba .

Roger Goodstein

Roger Goodstein

5pts

Make this his ‘Swann Song’ and let him go already.

ptcrunner

ptcrunner

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Total embarrassment, fire him – Tracye and Sharon are awesome. Meaghan is also amazing. Great journos over there…..

BrookhavenGuy

BrookhavenGuy

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There has to be a Sinclair Broadcasting station that will regard him as an asset to hire

EightBurros

EightBurros

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CBS needs to keep this alt right crazy off the air

RickinWarnerRobins

RickinWarnerRobins

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@EightBurros What?  So they can continue to have 99.9% liberal staff at the networks other than Fox?  This is nothing but censorship.

RickinWarnerRobins

RickinWarnerRobins

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@NeboSuki1 @RickinWarnerRobins I’d say it’s you and YOUR ilk that love to make up facts…the fake news.  90% of what comes out of the mouths of liberals now days is something you might use to read in the National Enquirer.

Knowshon5Dolla

Knowshon5Dolla

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@RickinWarnerRobins @EightBurros  Channel 46 is a local station, not a network. And this has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative. Ben Swann panders to off-center nut jobs. He’s not a journalist in any way, shape, or form. This has nothing to do with bias. It has everything to do with irresponsibility. He spews conspiracy theories without bothering to balance his “reports” with anything approaching sanity. Call it “truth” if you want, but just know he’s playing you. Big time. 

Cinque Fouronetwo

Cinque Fouronetwo

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Ben Swann!  Hmmmm…..initials are BS! That says it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tom Arnett Jr.

Tom Arnett Jr.

5pts

He leans too far to the right for the stations tastes.

laneyw

laneyw

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He needs to go over to Breitbart, Fox or Infowars with that bull shiggidy

NeboSuki1

NeboSuki1

5pts

He’s a conspiracy theorist hack.

His talents would be better utilized at The National Enquirer.

laneyw

laneyw

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@NeboSuki1 Wonder why Fox news and the MAGA screamers here aren’t reporting or commenting on the Mueller firing drumpf wanted to do.  Now that’s its FACT Fox news has SHUSH the He** up, go figure.

allamerican

allamerican

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@NeboSuki1 Conspiracy theorist?????????  Is he reporting Russian meddling into the presidential election????????????? 

NeboSuki1

NeboSuki1

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@allamerican Everyone knows Russia meddled in our election.  Why don’t you?  Maybe you should try extricating your head from trump’s @ss

meggie1106

meggie1106

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@NeboSuki1 @allamerican Only proof of Russian meddling is a DNC paid 3rd party account of hacking; no mention of Podesta emails in official ONDI report (they try to confuse people into believing the DNC and Podesta hacks are the same); a few facebook ads – some of which ran AFTER the election and none actually supported Trump. 

Jim Reed

Jim Reed

5pts

Not really that hard to believe.

Tracey McGoughy

Tracey McGoughy

5pts

Tracye said he was off today at the start of the newscast. If he’s not happy just reporting the news, he really needs to go pursue his alt right aspirations. This is getting tiresome.

columbo1227

columbo1227

5pts

Ben Swan Must be doing something right for the Conservatives.

NeboSuki1

NeboSuki1

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@columbo1227 yes, no matter how crazy the story, the lunatics on the right fall for it EVERY time 

NeboSuki1

NeboSuki1

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This the 2nd time he’s been taken off the air.

He needs to go.  He’s a lunatic!!!

Mary

Mary

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Does anyone watch 46?

NativeAtlantaGirl

NativeAtlantaGirl

5pts

He looks like he spends twice as long doing his hair than I do… Zero appeal.

TruthReallyHurts

TruthReallyHurts

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Dude is more trouble than he’s worth. Let Sharon Reed go solo! I’m as happily married as can be, but a weekend with her could change a man’s life! She is scrumptious! #BlackGirlMagic

allamerican

allamerican

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@TruthReallyHurts We haven’t seen you around in awhile.  Thought you had become a statistic of the south Fulton crime wave.

TruthReallyHurts

TruthReallyHurts

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@allamerican LOL! I’ve been around here and there, between completing projects at work, keeping you deplorables on your toes!  As for the “south Fulton crime wave,” haven’t heard about it. Life is good in our enclaves off of Camp Creek Parkway!

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As imminent release of FISA memo looms, Hillary Clinton desperately tries to distract

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On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee quietly voted to make available to fellow House members “a memo documenting abuse of the FISA program,” reports Fox News’ Chad Pergram.

Shortly afterwards, Rep. DeSantis (R-FL) said the classified report compiled by the House Intelligence Committee is “deeply troubling” and raises serious questions as it relates to the ‘Russian collusion’ investigation.

News of the FISA memo sent shock waves through social media Thursday.

GOP Reps were demanding the memo be made public because Americans deserve to know the truth about the Russia investigation.

Investigative reporter Sara Carter said the FISA memo is so explosive it could end the Mueller investigation.

Hillary Clinton is in the middle of this as her campaign paid for the phony Russia dossier which was then used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on her political opponent, then-candidate Donald Trump.

The Russia dossier is Hillary Clinton’s dirtiest political trick to date. We are about to find out just how involved Hillary Clinton was with the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.

On Friday, Hillary Clinton broke her silence by tweeting about the record number of women running for office. Nice try, Hillary. The American people are not letting this one go.

Hillary Clinton said, “I’m so heartened by all of you. Onward!” in response to a TIME Magazine tweet stating, “New @TIME cover: A year ago, they marched. Now a record number of women are running for office”

After decades of corruption Hillary Clinton has successfully avoided prison time which is why she is so arrogant.

Using Hillary Clinton’s own words, “There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail.”

LOCK HER UP!

Trump supporters savaged Hillary Clinton with #ReleaseTheMemo hashtags, calling for her to be jailed.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/374685-As-imminent-release-of-FISA-memo-looms-Hillary-Clinton-desperately-tries-to-distract

Somali migrant breaks into Italy hospital tries to rape woman while giving birth

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An unreal situation in the Italian capital Rome, according to Libero; a Somalian man managed to get past the security of Sant’Eugenio Hospital and stormed a delivering room where he attempted to rape a woman in labour.

Migrants have been found guilty of various terrible crimes but this is a first. Luckily the monster was stopped before he could harm the woman and her baby.

The criminal is a 38 years old Somalian, already charged for other crimes in the past.

The man managed to get his hands on a green uniform and sneaked in the delivery room where he started to touch and fondle the woman in labor while masturbating.

The cries of help of the woman alerted the personnel in the surrounding area who entered the room and incapacitated the man and subsequently delivered the animal to the police.

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CBS Tries to Use Berlin Wall To Discredit Trump Wall, Israeli Anti-Terror Barriers

JERICKA DUNCAN: President Trump has signaled he’s willing to extend protections for young immigrants brought into to this country illegally, but on one condition, Last week, he tweeted: “There can be no DACA without the desperately needed wall at the Southern Border.” But do walls really work? Mark Phillips went to Berlin to find out.

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MARK PHILLIPS: It’s a tourist attraction now, but from its building by the old East German regime in 1961, the wall was a death zone for almost three decades. While around 5,000 people escaped or crawled through, over, or under it — at least 139 died trying. Some death estimates run to well over 1,000, but Hans Peter was desperate. The car was owned by American G.I. Eric Yaad, now a family friend. With Spitzner’s wife, Ingrid, already in the West, allowed out for an aging aunt’s birthday, and with Peggy just seven years old at the time. Hans Peter asked dozens of allies with access to East Germany to smuggle them out. Only Eric Yah agreed to hide them in his trunk.

HANS PETER SPITZNER, ESCAPED EAST BERLIN: I said to him, “You are now a part of my family,”

PHILLIPS: The Spitzners have strong views on walls — not just the Berlin example, now a living  history lesson — whether it’s here or the security barrier that Israelis have built between them and the Palestinians , or going back to the Great Wall of China. They see all walls as monuments to political failure.

PHILLIPS: The Berlin Wall, of course, was different than all the others. The others were designed to keep people out, and this one designed to keep them in. There is one thing they all have in common, though. Critics will tell you that when governments build walls, it’s a sign that something else isn’t working.

PEGGY SPITZNER, ESCAPED EAST BERLIN: It’s always to keep someone in, to keep someone out, to keep someone from doing something, so it’s always a bad thing really. It’s always a monument of a problem.

PHILLIPS: A monument that, with a will, can always be overcome. 

HANS PETER SPITZNER: I say, “Never again, never again. Please.”

PHILLIPS: Mark Phillips, CBS News, Berlin.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/brad-wilmouth/2018/01/01/cbs-tries-use-berlin-wall-discredit-trump-wall-israeli-anti-terror

As Media Tries to Keep Russiagate Alive, Pentagon Admits to Aiding in Genocide of Children in Yemen

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As politicians fight to keep an investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 campaign alive, the Pentagon has admitted to aiding in the genocide of millions of children in the poorest country in the Middle East.

The Defense Department released a statement this week, in which it admitted for the first time that U.S. forces have conducted “multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes this year” in Yemen.

The DoD justified the increased assaults by claiming that they were an attempt to wipe out Al-Qaeda, which it defines as one of the terrorist groups most committed to and capable of conducting attacks in America.” The statement also claimed that the Islamic State’s presence in Yemen has apparently “doubled in size over the past year.”

“The removal of key facilitators in this region will interrupt al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s freedom of movement and likely force the group into a reactionary posture, limiting their ability to challenge Yemeni security forces and partnered advances,” said Army Lt. Col. Earl Brown, a Centcom spokesman. “U.S. forces also expanded counterterrorism operations in October to encompass both al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS. This parallel targeting effort is required to prevent ISIS-Yemen from filling the vacuum left by a diminished al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula footprint or influence in the region.”

While the statement from the Department of Defense listed all of the alleged commanders and leaders of terrorist groups the U.S. claims to have killed in Yemen, it failed to mention the civilians who were killed or displaced in the process. In addition to launching direct airstrikes, the U.S. has also had a hand in fueling the war by supplying weapons to its close ally, Saudi Arabia.

The current conflict in Yemen was manufactured as a proxy war by Saudi Arabia, targeting its bitter enemy, Iran. After just two years, the death toll from the conflict surpassed 10,000 in January with over 40,000 wounded. The number of casualties has only continued to increase, as a report from the United Nations noted that the parties involved are conducting operations “heedless of their impact on civilians.”

As The Free Thought Project reported, the current situation in Yemen is nothing short of genocide, as even with 7 million civilians in starvation, and 19 million out of the country’s 27 million population in need of some form of aid,” Saudi Arabia enacted a blockade on humanitarian support last month, with the help of the United States.

While many will blame the Obama Administration for enabling Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen, the Trump Administration should be held accountable for its role in continuing to support the tyrannical kingdom. In fact, within days of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. launched a special forces raid in Yemen.

The raid was a miserable failure, killing 30 civilians—including 10 women and children. One of those children was Nasser al-Awlaki, an 8-year-old girl who bled to death after she was shot in the neck. Her older brother, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was killed by the U.S. when he was 16 years old, in a drone strike authorized by the Obama Administration in 2011.

While the mainstream media provides full coverage of “Russiagate,” the fact is that it could easily expose and bring public attention to the Trump Administration’s increased involvement in Yemen, in which its collusion with Saudi Arabia is causing genocide. However, in order to do that, the media would have to admit that U.S. foreign policy remains the same from one administration the next, no matter the political party.

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Topless FEMEN activist tries to kidnap baby Jesus from Vatican nativity scene (PHOTOS)

The woman can be seen rushing to the manger in the center of the square and attempting to grab the Jesus figurine, Reuters photos show. However, a guard blocked the activist, who was quickly covered with a black coat.

The topless protest took place right before Pope Francis delivered his traditional Christmas message to believers from the Vatican.

This is not the first time that FEMEN has targeted Vatican City. In 2014 a topless FEMEN activist managed to grab baby Jesus and raise it above her head while shouting slogans against the Catholic Church.

FEMEN is a radical feminist protest group founded in Ukraine in 2008. The organization, now based in Paris, has become internationally known for its topless protests against religious institutions, sexism, homophobia, and other social issues.

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WashPost Tries to Shift Fake-News Blame from CNN to Donald Trump Jr.

Via Twitchy, we learned The Washington Post enjoys playing the game “Heads We Win, Tails You Lose” when anonymous sources lead journalists into looking stupid. The Post, among others, exposed how CNN reported an embarrassingly inaccurate story about Donald Trump Jr. and Wikileaks, using anonymous sources. When Trump Jr. responded by speculating on those sources, the Post wrote a snippy article (and tweets) on how Donald Jr. slammed CNN “without evidence.”

CNN should be the ones to be slammed about being sloppy with evidence. They were so eager for a scoop that they let an e-mail be described to them without seeing it. If that’s one of CNN’s usual editorial “procedures,” you may want to turn the channel. 

Kristine Phillips reported:

Trump Jr., who, like his father, is vocally partisan and highly critical of the mainstream media on Twitter, claimed — without evidence — that CNN reporters Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb “got played” by their “puppet masters.” He also tweeted that CNN’s “democratic sources” are trying to push a false narrative.

“I won’t hold my breath for an apology, or for you to call out your puppet masters on the left that fed you BS knowing you would gleefully run with it without ever checking the other side,” Trump Jr. said in a Saturday morning tweet that addressed Raju, CNN’s senior congressional correspondent. “Apparently it was just too good a scoop for you to actually do your job. You got played.”

But here’s the “heads we win” part: since the sources are still anonymous, there can be no “evidence” — unless either the sources or the source-exploiters own up to their little secret racket. We are prevented from knowing these are “Democratic sources” – most likely, because they’re Democratic sources, and that would make the story look more — to use the Post term — “vocally partisan.”

The “tails you lose” part is when the Post hides all their conservative-hating sources’ identities and then boasts the motto “Democracy dies in darkness.” The Post surely believes reporters are never manipulated by “puppet masters.” They’re always the smartest people in the room. Until it becomes obvious they trusted someone to just read them an email without looking at it themselves. That’s not what smart people do.

As @JohnSalmon859 tweeted: “Either CNN ‘got played’ – or it was purposeful. Trump Jr’s being charitable here.” But in CNN’s excuse-making, absolutely everyone had the best intentions, their journalists and their sources. The spin is furious, but not convincing. 

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2017/12/10/washpost-tries-shift-fake-news-blame-cnn-trump-jr

WATCH: Man Tries to Pay $10 Fine in Pennies, So Cops Beat Him Until He Defecated Himself

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Royal Oaks, MI – A young man was recently attacked by court officers after attempting to pay a parking fee of $10. After the court refused to accept his payment they allegedly asked him to leave, and on security camera footage you can see him turn to walk away just before he is attacked. The video shows the guards grabbing him and choking him out, then slamming him to the ground. The attack knocked the man unconscious, and when he awoke moments later he had found that he soiled himself.

To add insult to injury, the victim, Anthony Sevy, was then charged with Disturbing the Peace and assault, and while the assault charge was dropped, he was forced to plead no contest to the other charge, fearing that it would be his only chance of escaping a 2 year prison sentence for assaulting a court officer.

Now, Sevy plans on filing a lawsuit against Royal Oak and the guards involved.

“He wasn’t happy about [the fee] so, in symbolic protest, he brought back penny rolls to pay for his ticket. The clerk wasn’t too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls. As he was leaving the courthouse with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself,” his attorney Jonathan Marco said.

“I don’t think anyone paying in penny rolls, whether it’s a preferred thing to do for a court clerk, warrants this type of this assaultive behavior and violation of constitutional rights. I think the more profound and long-lasting injury is the psychological injuries he’s suffering as a result of this. He’s supposed to be in a safe place. I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” Marco added.

It was not just the $10 or the principle of the parking ticket that had Sevy mad enough to go to the courthouse with pennies, it was also the fact that he would have been charged $1.75 to pay the fee online with a credit card, essentially tacking another 20% onto his fee.

Royal Oaks is fairly notorious for their predatory revenue collection schemes in regards to parking fees and fines. Back in 2012, there was a huge local debate when Royal Oaks took advantage of a new state law that allowed them to revoke the driver’s license of anyone with 3 or more unpaid parking tickets. It was widely reported that this change could bring in nearly a million dollars in additional revenue each year. Prior to that, the city issued roughly 100,000 tickets each year, raking in millions.

“Our downtown parking system does generate about $2.15 million in revenue per year for the general fund; in turn, about 70 percent of that fund pays for police and fire, including paramedics. If you want to avoid getting a ticket, then just check out the map on the city website and park in one of our three structures for a flat fee,” City Commissioner Jim Rasor told The Patch at the time of the controversy.

Over the years it has become a popular form of peaceful protest to walk into a courthouse and pay a ridiculous fee in pennies. However, as the trend has become more popular, frustrated authoritarians have begun using the only tool they know or understand, violence. Earlier this year, police were called on a veteran attempting to pay a ticket in pennies.

As The Free Thought Project has stated before, “police need you to break traffic laws” because writing tickets and receiving funds from doing so is a considerable revenue generator for police departments. It’s how police states maintain their control over the citizenry.

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WATCH: Cop Tries To Taser Man for Refusing to Give ID, Tasers Fellow Cop Instead

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Riverside, OH — In the state of Ohio, it is unlawful for police to demand your identification unless the officer reasonably suspects you are committing, have committed, or are about to commit a criminal offense or if you witnessed a party committing a felony. It is not a violation of the law to refuse to identify yourself if you do not meet the above criteria. The scenario below shows the chaos and violence that can happen when a person feels this reasonable suspicion has not been articulated.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Riverside police officers responded to a report of domestic violence. When the officers arrived on the scene, they approached a man they believed to be involved in the incident. However, as he was not charged with domestic violence, it appears from the court records that they had the wrong man.

Claiming not to have committed a crime, the man police approached, Christopher McClinton refused to hand over his identification. The woman in the vehicle with him also claimed McClinton had done nothing wrong, however, police continued to escalate the situation.

The video released by the department from one of the officer’s body cameras does not show them presenting reasonable articulable suspicion. Instead, it starts with the officer threatening to arrest McClinton for “failing to identify yourself to a police officer.” The actual law, however, is called Failure to disclose personal information and requires the criteria mentioned above.

The officers gave McClinton several more warnings that if he did not hand over his identification that he would be tasered and arrested. After he refused one more time, the officers moved in to taser and arrest McClinton.

This is where the story takes a dramatic turn. When the officer deploys his taser, the prongs split. One of the prongs goes into McClinton while the other goes into the officer’s partner. As the officer is hit with the taser, he seizes up and falls to the ground in agony, hitting his head in the process.

Before the body camera footage was released, local news ran stories of “an officer injured while responding to a domestic dispute.” They noted that the officer was “wrestling with a suspect when he fell backward and struck his head.” There was no mention of the taser at all.

For what he thought was a lawful refusal to identify, McClinton was subsequently tasered and arrested. He has now been charged with obstructing official business, failure to disclose personal information and resisting arrest — nothing in regards to the alleged domestic incident. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday, according to records.

Below is a video highlighting the extreme escalation of force and the danger it presents to all involved when someone attempts to assert their rights and police respond.

As TFTP has reported in the past, cops needlessly escalating violence often ends with innocent people getting hurt. The family of an innocent 10-year-old boy filed a $4 million lawsuit on behalf of their son last year after he was shot by a trigger-happy Georgia cop. The boy, Dakota Corbitt was shot in the back of his leg while officer Michael Vickers was attempting to kill his dog.

Like McClinton claims, Dakota Corbitt and the rest of his family had done nothing wrong when they were swarmed by cops who held them at gunpoint before shooting the child.

The incident happened in July of 2014 when officers were looking for the suspect of an armed robbery and police shooting. The suspect, 19-year-old Christopher Barnett had fled to the woods near Corbitt’s home.

During Barnett’s apprehension, all hell broke loose as this innocent family had their rights violated at the hands of public servants.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants, Coffee County, Sheriff Doyle Wooten and deputy Michael Vickers, “jointly and severely deprived the plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ minor children of their rights secured by the 4th and 14th Amendments of the United States and as a direct and proximate result of said deprivation defendants’ negligence, gross negligence, and the wanton and willful indifference to the rights of the plaintiffs individually and the rights of the plaintiffs’ minor children, caused the physical pain, suffering, mental anguish and ultimately the permanent restriction of one minor’s right leg.”

Luckily, in the Riverside instance, no innocent children were present to be struck by the officer’s taser.

 

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